This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. We will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). We will then continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). We will visit the Acropolis hill where the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens stand: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally, the Parthenon a monument that "puts order in the mind" and where harmony between material and spirit is at its most potent and fascinating manifestation. Then we will continue to visit the place where at last the statues of the Parthenon found their home and to admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.
Most Athenians speak English and those in the hospitality industry are likely to speak French and German too. Signage, menus and transportation signs are written in Greek and English.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. During December the climate is varying around 10-15 Celsius.
Due to the country's geographical position, its rugged relief and its distribution between the mainland and the sea, there is great variation in Greece's climate.
In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures.
The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered. Moreover, a common phenomenon is the occurrence of different climactic conditions during the same season (for instance, mild heat in coastal areas and cool temperatures in mountainous regions).
11.306.183 (2016 estimate)
The international calling code of Greece is +30
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro. Greece, as is the case with the other Member-States of the E.U. uses eight coins as follows: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros. The banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros.
Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays.
Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, lemon juice, vegetables, and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including lamb, poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, eggplant (aubergine), zucchini (courgette), and yogurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey.
Major outlets Monday-Friday. 9:00-21:00; small shops Monday, Wednesday 9:00 to 15:30; Friday, 9:00 to 20:30; Saturday 9:00 to 15:30.
The electrical current is 220 V, 50 Hz. Typical Greek sockets are represented in the figure below. Adapters and transformers are sold in many stores.
-Ambulance Service: 166
-SOS Doctors : 1016
-Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
-Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 36 17 089
-Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777
-Tourist Police: 1571
Aegean Airlines is the main and largest Greek airline carrier by total number of passengers carried, by number of destinations served and by fleet size. Aegean Airlines operates in the following cities:
The airport is accessible via Metro Line 3 “Aghia Marina - Athens International Airport”.
Athens International Airport is connected via the Suburban Rail with: Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station, Port of Pireaus and Kiato
For further information regarding timetables, please call 14511.
Four bus routes connect directly Athens and Piraeus with the airport. All buses set down passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5.
For further information, please call 11 185.
Five regional buses operate at the airport. All buses set down passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite the Airport Hotel (Sofitel).
For further information regarding travelling by Regional Buses to other major cities please call:
KTEL Kifissou Bus Station:
tel: +30 210 5124910, +30 210 5124911,
KTEL Liosion Bus Station:
tel: +30 210 8317186
Network includes new buses, pollution-free trolleys, tram and a revamped electric railway system that connects to the metro lines. Taxis are inexpensive by European standards. High-speed catamarans get you to nearby islands in a couple of hours or less.
For EU citizens who travel to Greece, no passport is required, just the identity card with latin characters is enough. For the non EU citizens, a valid passport is necessary to enter Greece. In case you lose your passport in Greece, the local police and the embassy of your home country must be contacted. It is recommended to have a photocopy of your passport in order to get the process of replacement quicker.
All citizens of foreign countries, except for the countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, need a visa to enter Greece. For more information, contact the Greek National Tourist Offices in your country or go to your embassy in Greece.
A passport can serve like an ID. Apart from the official identity card of your country, other form of identification is the driving licence.
Animals (pets) require a valid health certificate to enter Greece.